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Online Short Course Design Area

Duration 4 Weeks
Location Online
Hours: 60
Language English
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The Course

Process, Relevancy and Agency

28th Sept – 23rd Oct 2020
18th Nov – 19th Dec 2020
11th Jan – 5th Feb 2021

In this short course, participants will be asked to consider several dominant contemporary topics (such as the relationship between technology and ethics, current and future social transformations, new working scenarios, the future of food, access against ownership, inclusive design, etc.). Guided through the process of critical reflection, they will be asked to ideate and implement design scenarios with the aim of offering a glimpse of how things can be.

– Design contexts
– Approaching design – critical analysis
– Embedding relevancy in the design process
– Designing for a better future
– From ideation to proposals

Who Should Apply

Domus Academy Short Courses are tailored mainly for postgraduate students, students in the process to be graduated and young designers.

All courses are taught in English. A high level of proficiency in the English language is required.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
– Analyze contemporary topics from critical perspective to inform the design process;
– Develop an articulated design context based on research;
– Formulate a conceptual proposal for a product, service, space or architecture that responds to a new design context;
– Apply a design method in a process that reframes the role of design;
– Appraise how design can positively impact our future.


The role of design (and the designer) is to help understand the changes and challenges in the world around us, respond to them, and turn them to our advantage, with the goal of creating objects that make our lives more meaningful, more efficient and more enjoyable.

How can this be done in a historic moment when every major system (cultural, technological, social, economic, etc.) appears to be in crisis and in need of a long-waited reformulation? Most importantly, what are the primary tools at our disposal for undertaking such a task and how can design be a change agent?

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Course Programme

The first week of the course will allow participants to observe and analyze the world around us from a critical perspective with the goal of imagining, defining and proposing alternative design contexts. Only through this process can design fulfil its muchneeded role as an agent of change. The approach to design that will be applied in this process is transdisciplinary; perspectives and boundaries are transcended in order to respond to evolving needs and to propose new models.

In the second week, participants will conclude the research and observation phase, summarize and draw conclusions in a reflective and critical process that will generate the foundations for of a new design context related to one of the major themes presented. In this phase, participants will establish the framework of the context and identify areas of design interest. The concentration or output will not be defined a priori and can range from a conceptual proposal of a product or service to a space or even architecture. All phases will be addressed in a method of critical thinking combined with intuition.

In the third week, participants will fully refine and represent the design context, supported by the documentation of the research, the illustration of the problem-setting foundations, and possible responses. Design concepts will continue to be developed within the established context, reflecting a method that encourages relevant propositions. Fully formed ideas will be tested and discussed.

In the final week, design concepts will be further defined and developed into specific proposals. Participants will develop a comprehensive communication strategy, including a developed narrative expressed through written descriptions, diagrams, and drawings. Participants will be able to use a range of techniques to convey their projects and in the preparation of a final presentation.


Domus Academy short courses involve the following costs:

All Students
€ 2500

Fee Description
€ 0 Pre-Enrollment
€ 2500 Tuition


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